Monday, May 12, 2014

Letter #42 - TRANSFERS, FUN, AND ALL THE ABOVE! (PLUS an awesome time on Mother's Day.:))

WELL, I got to see my wonderful FAM! I love them so much. They are just the thing that a missionary needs. I get a little extra spark from them. :) I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and friends. A special s/o to my boy Garrison who is going to be joining me in the Frankfurt Mission! #missionarylife. This week was great, and I'll let you know why... :)

Everything was a blur for Tuesday and Mittwoch, wegen (because) Elder Givens was parting from the mission after a wonderful two years. So on Dienstag, we did a lot a prep for his departure. Then, we met with the wonderful Lilia, and it was FANTASTIC. We met with her boyfriend, too. It was great to talk to them, and feel their love. Lilia has an amazing testimony, and she is making the steps towards baptism. It is just so amazing to see the light that comes into her life. :)

Pretty much Elder Givens last day. We met with the Webster Familie, and had a great lesson. We then were traveling. We had to catch a train to Nürnberg, and it was POURING outside. So naturally, I enjoyed myself. Elder Givens couldn't, in his new nicely moist suit. :) We then talked to a lady, and promised we'd read the Quaran. Then, we came to Nürnberg to sleep over at the Zone leaders apartment. There were 6 other missionaries as well. All of them had to catch the train to Frankfurt early in the morning. :) So, the apartment was quite the party. Ha. It was fun to catch up with all the missionaries, and have a good time.

Woke up at 4:30. Bleh. Aber (but), it was really a great day. Said goodbye to Elder Givens, Elder Ludlow, and Elder Wohjan because they were all "dying." My new comp, Elder Cole, is great. We were in the same group at the MTC. He is a ginger, super funny, and well, we do work. :) We have a lot to do, because they cut our area down to only two elders. It was originally 4. But we are excited, have set a lot of great goals, and love life momentan (currently). :)

It was a busy day. But, we honestly don't remember what we were busy doing. I know that the spirit was involved, and we got a lot of stuff done. So, ya. OH WAIT, we taught the Cuttler family, a new investigator, that has read the Book of Mormon 3 times. The son really wants to be baptized. Ha. I love this family. The dad is american, and has stayed here for 20 years after serving in the army. :) GREAT FAMILY. Super awesome.

Super busy too. We met with Jen, a Chinese woman with a cute little family, that is going to school here. We felt the spirit so strongly. It was so great to testify of the Plan of Salvation, and to see her smile and have chills. She felt the spirit. And Asian babies are super cute too. :)

I LOVE MY FAMILY!! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! It was a great day. Lilia came to church. Elder Givens (Andrew) and his family came to church too. It was great to meet them. Then, we went to the Pabanzs to have dinner and to Skype the fam. I don't want to brag, but I am so grateful for such a wonderful family. I chose right, I am telling you. :) It was such a great time. The thing that made me the happiest, was that they were happy. :)

Right now, I am just filled up with joy. Not for anything I have done, but for how much the Lord has blessed me. I was talking about this with Elder Cole. Why do I deserve all these blessings? Why do I get to be surrounded by all these amazing people? It's been that way throughout my entire life. Back in the Ward I lived in, the American Fork 14th Ward, I grew up from a little Deacon to a Missionary. I met some of the most amazing people. They influenced my life in unimaginable ways. The neighbors, the leaders, the teachers, the examples that simply just lived their lives righteously. They were an example to me, whether they knew it or not.

I had wonderful friends at school. We had awesome experiences, fun times, great times, and many adventures. There is just SO MUCH to be thankful for. I just want to give a shout out to all of you back home. I just wanted to let you know, that whether you talked to me once or not at all, or just gave that small example of service, you impacted my life. I am so grateful for that, because it has changed me for the better. I am so grateful for this wonderful Earth life. This is the time to prepare to meet God. That means helping others prepare too. :) I love life. I love my family. I love missionary work. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. :) You all have a fantastic week. :) LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Elder Mayne

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